The Washington Wizards are making major moves this offseason, signing the highly experienced Michael Winger to lead their front office as the president of Monumental Basketball as they continue to build around star guard Bradley Beal.
This time with another front office addition, as ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Wizards are hiring former Atlanta Hawks president of basketball operations Travis Schlenk as their senior vice president of player personnel. Like Winger, Schlenk has a long history of making sound roster decisions as a top executive for championship-contending teams.
The Wizards are hiring former Hawks President of Basketball Operations Travis Schlenk as Senior VP of Player Personnel, sources tell ESPN. New Wizards president Michael Winger lands a well-regarded talent evaluator and executive as he continues his search for a general manager.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 1, 2023
The Wizards have a number of major decisions to make this offseason.
Washington has the eighth overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, one that they can use to acquire star talent, or at least attempt to. Furthermore, forwards Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma hold player options on their contracts for the 2023-24 season and could opt to test free agency this summer.
With that in mind, Schlenk's record as an executive inspires confidence.
Beginning his career with the Hawks in May 2017, Schlenk has led a front office responsible for multiple trips to the Eastern Conference Finals.
In fact, the bulk of Atlanta's current roster was acquired during his regime, including face of the franchise Trae Young. While the star playmaker was acquired in a trade that forced the Hawks to surrender All-Star point guard Luka Doncic, Young has undoubtedly been one of the most talented players in the league since being drafted.
That said, while Schlenk alone may not bring the Wizards the type of magic they want to see, there's no doubt that his ability to evaluate talent will elevate their roster.